Employees of the month

Kay Isbell

February Univesity support staff employee of the month

STARTED AT KU: 2005

Kay Isbell

CURRENT TITLE: Administrative associate, Department of American Studies

WHAT THAT MEANS: Isbell oversees administration of the degree programs in the unit. For this she manages admissions, student records and graduation processes for the bachelorís, masterís and doctoral programs, coordinates fellowship evaluations and nominations, and facilitates graduate teaching assistant selection. Isbell functions as the initial and most frequent interpreter of an array of university and department regulations.

NOTABLE: Because there is no full-time receptionist in the department, Isbell frequently takes on those duties. She is seen as handling the work of more than one person and, in fact, until the Museum Studies Program was able to gain its own full-time staff appointment, she undertook an overload of responsibilities, all with dedication and good cheer. Since then, her experience and demeanor have made her invaluable through many transitions and emergencies in the Museum Studies Program, without diminishing her unflagging dedication to her principal Department of American Studies duties.

Angela Richmond

February Unclassified employee of the month

STARTED AT KU: 2001

Angela Richmond

CURRENT TITLE: Grant specialist, Center for Research

WHAT THAT MEANS: Richmond develops and maintains a working knowledge of sponsored projects and is responsible for assisting with post-award grant administration. She manages grants and serves as a trainer to for new staff in the post-award area.

NOTABLE: In 2009, the Center for Research grants administration staff was reorganized into teams, and Richmond became a team leader. She also agreed to take on additional work with responsibility for quarterly reporting on the 72 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards received at KU. Richmond frequently is the go-to person for many campus departments and centers when they have a question about a procedure or element of a grant. She is highly respected by principal investigators and department staff across the university. She has even become a resource for federal grants managers at other universities who struggle with keeping up with the ARRA reporting demands. She generously offers her assistance and advice to these off-campus people, and has even shared her procedures for maintaining accurate and up-to-date ARRA information.

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